We believe The Pledge is a good choice for most people reading this, given how comparatively well off those of us in the rich world are — for example, someone earning $30,000 USD a year is in the richest 4.7% of the world’s population. We also think anyone considering The Pledge should carefully consider how it will interact with other situations in their lives.
Using money to free up time
Temporary financial constraints
If your health situation requires resources, time away from work, uncertainty about future expenses, etc., you may find that a consistent pledge doesn't work well. Perhaps it makes sense to make a conditional plan: an intention to donate a given percent in years when one’s medical situation is better, and to give less or not at all in harder times.
Investing in future ability to help
In some cases, spending now will let you help more later by increasing your eventual skills or earnings.
While there are situations like these in which a full Pledge might not be suitable, people from many walks of life have also found it to be a good way to commit to building the kind of world they want to see. Many of us, when realising how rich we are compared to the world average, have welcomed The Pledge as a tool for giving back and for encouraging others to do the same.
If you find that The Pledge isn’t a good fit for you at this time, you might consider taking a Trial Pledge as a more flexible option.
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